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The long war : the IRA and Sinn Féin
O'Brien, Brendan.
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Second edition.
Publication Information:
Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
445 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm.
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DA963 .O26 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
DA963 .O26 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This study provides a detailed, accurate, objective and lively account of the modern IRA and Sinn Fein movements from the first stirrings of the contemporary armed struggle through to the Good Friday Agreement and after."

Author Notes

Brendan O'Brien has received a Sunday Independent Arts Award and a Jacob's Award for investigative reporting. He lives in Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 9
Prefacep. 13
Part I Understanding the Conflict
Chapter 1 The Unfinished Businessp. 19
Chapter 2 In the Heartlands I - Belfastp. 30
Chapter 3 In the Heartlands II - Derry, Fermanagh, South Armaghp. 51
Chapter 4 British and Proud of Itp. 81
Part II Charting the Change
Chapter 5 The Coming of the Northernersp. 103
Chapter 6 Going Slightly Constitutionalp. 118
Chapter 7 The Libyan Connectionp. 133
Chapter 8 Sickening the Britishp. 154
Part III Into the Nineties
Chapter 9 Ballot and Bulletp. 195
Chapter 10 A Door Is Openedp. 209
Chapter 11 Moving into Dialoguep. 224
Chapter 12 Constitutional Stalematep. 240
Chapter 13 Towards the Endgamep. 263
Chapter 14 Their Hand Is Forcedp. 286
Chapter 15 The Long Stages of Peacep. 325
Chapter 16 'Back to Porridge': The Cessation Collapsesp. 346
Chapter 17 Return to Peace: The Good Friday Agreementp. 365
Notesp. 396
Appendicesp. 401
1 Extracts from the Green Book, IRA training manual
2 IRA General Army Orders
3 Towards a Lasting Peace in Ireland, Sinn Fein document
4 Irish Government document presented at 1992 political talks
5 British Government statement at Strand Two talks, 1992
6 Proposals for a Settlement - a republican document, 1993
7 Joint Declaration, 1993
8 Letter from IRA Army Council to the Irish Government via Intermediaries, April 1993
9 Hume-Adams Document or 'Irish Peace Initiative', 1992/3
10 The Belfast Agreement, 10 April 1998 (Good Friday) - Extracts
Glossaryp. 429
Indexp. 431